France legend Christophe Dugarry looks unrecognisable without iconic long locks 17 years after retiring

FORMER France international Christophe Dugarry looks unrecognisable 17 years after hanging up his boots.

The ex-AC Milan and Barcelona forward was a part of the French World Cup-winning squad from 1998.

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News Group Newspapers LtdHe was capped 55 times by the French national team[/caption]

ReutersDugarry retired from football in 2005 after 17 years as a professional[/caption]

But these days he looks vastly different – mainly due to the absence of his trademark long hair.

Dugarry, now 50, has shaved off his locks and it has transformed his appearance no end.

He has gone down as a France legend after winning two major tournaments with the national team.

He featured in two of their group-stage matches at the 1998 World Cup, scoring in their opening game in a 3-0 win over South Africa.

And he then went on to win Euro 2000 with France, netting in a 3-2 group-stage defeat to Holland.

He started the final but was taken off with his side 1-0 down and replaced by Sylvain Wiltord – who went on to score a stoppage-time equaliser before David Trezeguet’s golden goal in the 103rd minute.

At club level, Dugarry won the LaLiga title with Barcelona in 1998, while also claiming the French League Cup with Bordeaux.

He enjoyed a brief spell in the Premier League with Birmingham City towards the end of his career, netting six goals in 31 games between 2003 and 2004.


He then joined Qatar Sports Club but retired without playing a game.

When he hung up his boots in 2005, Dugarry told L’Equipe: “Today it is necessary to play smoothly and transparently. I am not made for that.

“I did not see myself taking part in another championship [for France]. I belong to the old generation.”

AFPDugarry now looks unrecognisable nearly two decades after retiring from football[/caption]

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